GREEN OSSINING’s 12th ANNUAL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL – EARTH DAY UPDATE!

Just a quick note of thanks to those of you who were able to make it out and attended Green Ossining’s 12th Annual Earth Day Festival!

The Hudson River backdrop, the great live music and informative and fun vendors, the premium food and craft beer vendors, and the excellent selection of weather that Mother Nature served us – would not have delivered on the day without YOU. So from all of us at Green Ossining, a huge THANK YOU for spending the day with us.
 
If you liked yesterday, please be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @Green Ossining.
 
 
And a note of thank too to our Grand Sponsors: Sing Sing Kill Brewery, Sustainable Westchester, Climate Reality Project, Good Choice Kitchen, SBS Printing & Shipping, Captain Lawrence Brewing, Suburban Carting, Hudson Valley Books for Humanity , Down to Earth Markets, The Town of Ossining and The Village of Ossining.
 
As well as our Banner Sponsors:
First Village Coffee, Just Eyes Optometry, 6 degrees or Less Brewery, The Scuba Club of Westchester, Healthy Home Energy & Consulting, Graceland Meadows Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, WESPAC Foundation, Green Home Solutions, Hudson Valley Stream Conservancy, ENU Builds, Welcome Home Westchester, Mothers Out Front, Theater O, Sunrise Solar, Teatown Lake Reservation, Melita’s Home, Sing Sing Prison Museum, Metro North TRACKS, Mark Seiden Real Estate, and Baked by Susan.
 
p.s. If you are out and about and you still see Earth Day Festival lawn signs out – we will be collecting them within the week(not like our usual 24 hour pick-up turn around). We are trying to time the collection with putting out our signs for the Community-Wide Tag Sale on Saturday May 7th. So don’t dispose of them! We are conscious of our footprint and re-use them every year!

updated on Earth Day!

Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival is Tomorrow Saturday, April 23rd.

Much of our content and vendor profiles and events have been posted ongoing on our Facebook Page (@GreenOssining) and Facebook Event Page (https://fb.me/e/1iRZSX3P1) as well as on Instagram (@GreenOssining).

Put for those of you not loving the navigation of those social media platforms, here is some important information:

CHILDREN’S MARCH!

Bring your youngsters to a kick-off March for the Earth Day Festival, this Saturday at 9:30A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAGE LINE-UP

DRUM ROLL PLEASE….
We’ve got a line-up we are really excited about!
If we weren’t listening to our kids’ voices, what kind of Earth Day Festival would it be? So we will begin by setting our intentions appropriately for the day. Then kids of all ages are invited to be part of AMD Middle School’s lead of a Kids’ March from the top of the Secor Road Bridge to open the Festival.
There are extra special voices throughout the day coming from the stage so check out our line-up and share!
We can’t wait to see you!
(p.s. Look for our upcoming post on Parking & Shuttle Bus locations. Do not plan on parking on the River side. We do not want you frustrated! And if you are anywhere near a Metro North stop – take the Train to Ossining! Easy on and off access. Also=better for the planet).

 

 

 

 

 

E-WASTE DRIVE, COMPUTER RECYCLING  & TEXTILES RECYCLING

We love Green Tree Textiles and they’ll be down at the River too to accept textiles.    As well,  you can drop off your E-Waste Drive and make a Computer Donation!

We are pleased to offer you an opportunity to drop off the E-Waste listed here. Thank you to the Village of Ossining for making this possible.
***While we discourage anyone coming over the Secor Road bridge by car (you will most definitely be disappointed to find there are no parking spots on the Riverside), you can bring your e-waste over by vehicle and pull into a small entrance to drop off your items.

 

 

 

As well! Got a computer that could have a second life? Sam Nadol, an Ossining High School student, has a mission for his organization called Reboot: to repair and recycle non-working computers, donating them to families, organizations or individuals who would otherwise lack access to technology. Both he and his brother Joey are looking for donations of any type of computer, working or broken, no matter the age.
You’ll find Reboot at the E-Waste drop off!
Questions for Reboot? rebootpc.org@gmail.com
The Village of Ossining, New York
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL: ENCOURAGEMENT
As we honor the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day, we remain keenly aware of the great challenges affecting our natural environment, our planet, and life as we know it.
We are also of the belief that there is much we can each personally do to affect positive change through the everyday choices we each have the power to make.
You’ll find many you love about festivals – food, music, artisans, activities – but we hope you’ll also join
us in our recognition of the urgency to action that is needed. We encourage you to show us what matters
to you by bringing posters or signs that amplify your voice about environmental issues, reflecting your
environmental concerns, thoughts on policy changes needed, and/or social justice impacts that you want
to remind people of as a result of our changing climate.

GETTING THERE AND PARKING:

If you are using GPS, coordinates are 41.1557° N, 73.8699° W.  

The address is:

Louis Engel Waterfront Park

25 Westerly Road, 

Ossining, NY 10562 

Heads up folks!
DO NOT expect to find public parking on the River side of the Ossining Train Station until after about 6p on Saturday Night. Please warn anyone you know that might be affected that they should not Park overnight (Tonight/Friday) anywhere south of 3 Westerly on the River side to avoid getting towed on Saturday morning. Signs are posted!Will there be congestion if you try to parking down by the River on Saturday for the Festival?! Yeah — probably pretty much guaranteed. But we’ve got some handy dandy public parking locations and a Shuttle Bus to Green Ossining’s 12th Annual Earth Day Festival! If you are not walking/running or taking Metro North, and plan to drive to the Festival, please park in one of the public lots and either walk or take our Karma Loop shuttle (courtesy of Ossining Recreation and Parks) which stops at the Brandreth Street lot and Market Square (Spring & Main Street) and will loop from Engel Park back to those locations throughout the day beginning at 11am
We also advise folks not to attempt to Park on the River side of the Ossining Train station to avoid limited parking and potential traffic jams.
Special thanks to Village Trustee Manny Quezada for creating this map to help folks get around more easily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!  Live-and-in-person!


Updated on April 4, 2022

Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival is Bringing Back Live-And-In-Person! Sat. April 23rd. ( Vendor Registration is Now Closed)

We’re in the thick of our plans and getting ready to welcome you all back.   We’ll be adding special information about the Festival here (like a couple of activities that require pre-registration, stage schedule, various activities, and other pieces of useful information.

Don’t miss all of our vendor/exhibitor/musician profiles by following our event page on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/1iRZSX3P1

One important note:  getting to the Festival is easy – especially if you take Metro North to the Ossining station. Just walk down the ramp or stairs and you’ve made it!

More to come!


Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival is Bringing Back Live-And-In-Person! Sat. April 23rd.

A Riverfront Family-Oriented Day of Music & Activities Demonstrating our Support of Environmental Protection.  

Green Ossining’s 12th Annual Earth Day Festival expects to return to its live-and-in-person format at Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park on April 23rd from 10am-5pm. Join the Greater Ossining community in our annual celebration of Earth Day. Bring family and friends. Learn how to live a more sustainable life, visit artisan vendors, and enjoy food and live music on the banks of the Hudson River.

As Westchester County’s largest community-run earth day festival– enjoying more than 4,000 attendees in the past and expecting some 100+ vendors –the Festival has grown from 300 attendees and 20 vendors in our first year and attracts visitors from as far south as Brooklyn to counties surrounding and north of Westchester. The Festival offers hands-on activities and educational opportunities for everyone, as well as full day of great live music and entertainment aiming to make it our best Earth Day celebration yet.

“As we honor the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day, we remain keenly aware of the great challenges affecting our natural environment, our planet, and life as we know it. We are also of the belief that there is much we can each personally do to affect positive change through the everyday choices we each have the power to make. You’ll find many you love about festivals – food, music, artisans, activities – but we hope you’ll also join us in our recognition of the urgency to action that is needed. As well, we encourage you to show us what matters to you by bringing posters or signs that amplify your voice about environmental issues, reflecting your environmental concerns, thoughts on policy changes needed, and/or social justice impacts that you want to remind people of as a result of our changing climate.” said Suzie Ross, Chairperson and founding member, Green Ossining.

Featured events of the day include:
• Arts & Artisan Vendors
• Eco-demonstrations & hands-on activities
• Focused Kid’s Activity Zone
• Food Foraging with The
Rewilding School
• Teachings and Water Blessings by Native Elder, Pointsetta and daughters Wild Flower and Flying Arrow (Ramapough Lunaape)
• Environmental advocacy organizations
• Zero-Waste in action on the Festival grounds
• E-Waste Drive (tentative) /Textile Recycling Drop-Off
• Delicious Local Food including vegetarian and vegan fare
• Craft Beer
• Drum & Ukulele Circles (BYO – limited supplies will be available)
• Local “Green” Services/ Products/Solutions
• Learn about using eco-friendly products & how to save money by reducing your carbon footprint!
• Community Organizations: All existing to help you! Learn more about the variety of groups in our own backyard.
• Live music all day featuring Blue Basement, Claremont School Chorus, Julie Corbalis, Mike & Miriam Risko and the Mike Risko Band, Shovel Ready String Band, KJ Denhert, and the Stella Blues Band.

“What we have learned over the past couple of years is that environmentally friendly housing, parks, roads, and everything that sustains us is no longer an option but our lifeline. The Village of Ossining sits on 3.2 square miles on the banks of the majestic Hudson River, and we are enthusiastic to once again support the Earth Day Festival which every year becomes the green education hub for all who want to learn how they can continue to lean into being the stewards of our environment.” said Village of Ossining Mayor, Rika Levin.

Ossining Town Supervisor, Dana Levenberg, added “The Town of Ossining is so excited to once again be co-hosting Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival in person at Louis Engel Park to celebrate our Earth and educate about how we can and must protect it. We take our responsibility for sustainability very seriously in the Town, and this event is a chance to learn about what we can all do, as individuals and collectively, to protect our natural resources including the beautiful Hudson River.”

A Special Note For Vendors: If you are a Food/Beverage vendor, please pay close attention to the requirements including  the requirement that plates/bowls/cups/straws/utensils must be compostable (recyclable or biodegradable are not acceptable). We offer compostable service provider suggestions should you need one. Why compostable? Our Zero Waste efforts optimize our ability to return as much waste from the Festival as possible into earth-friendly compost. Compostable waste adds value to the planet and reduces our carbon emissions.  Please be sure to read the rules and regulations within the application which you may find here. Banner sponsorship opportunities are available on a limited basis for an additional fee. 

The Festival is hosted and organized by Green Ossining with the assistance of the Town and Village of Ossining. This year’s sponsors include SBS Printing and Shipping, Mike Risko Music, Good Choice Kitchen, Down to Earth Markets, Suburban Carting, Sing Sing Kill Brewery, Captain Lawrence, The Climate Reality Project, Hudson Valley Books for Humanity, and Sustainable Westchester. Stay tuned for more updates and about other special events happening throughout the day!

For the most up-to-date information, follow us on Twitter, Instagram on Facebook event page  or keep it here! 

 

*Please note that vendor space is on a first-come-first-served basis, and registration does not guarantee a spot.  Application submission is not an assurance of participation. We reserve the right to select vendors based on variety and whose values are in most in line with our mission “To promote environmental sustainability community-wide, and develop practical methods that protect our natural resources.” Since space is limited, variety of vendors will also be a factor. We will notify you within a week of registration should your application be declined.

While our Festival is ‘Rain or Shine,’ should a COVID-related issues require postponement, please Save-The-Date for Saturday, June 4th. We will communicate any postponement plan by Saturday, April 9th. 

 

 


January 7, 2022

The Green Ossining Earth Day Festival is back (fingers crossed) in 2022! Live and In-Person.

Healthy and happy 2022 to all of you!

With a foundation of optimism and hope, we’re setting our sights on a 2022 future that includes a return to our one-day live-and-in-person Earth Day Festival.  While we work on buttoning up the backend details needed to get vendor applications ready-to-go, please SAVE THE DATE for the Festival: Saturday, April 23rd* from 10-5p at Louis Engel Waterfront Park.   Registration will be open on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 and will close on or before March 25, 2022.  Check back here for a registration application link!

In the meantime, we’d like to note and thank this year’s Grand Sponsors: the Town of Ossining, the Village of Ossining, Down to Earth Markets, Hudson Valley Books for Humanity, Good Choice Kitchen, Suburban Carting, Mike Risko Music School, and Sing Sing Kill Brewery.

A special note to food vendors: If you hope to be a food vendor at the event, we are reminding you of our rules regarding the need to use compostable food service items which includes cutlery and dining-ware (cups, bowls, plates, straws).   Please note that this rule will be strictly enforced and while we would never want an admitted vendor to be asked to leave our event especially the day of, any detrimental activity to our environment on that day will not be tolerated.  Furthermore, use of compostables is now a rule for food vendors at all events that require permission from the Village or Town.  Compostable items can be processed in food waste recycling efforts and helps us toward our ZERO WASTE event goals. Use of compostable items over the use of those that claim to be biodegradable, made from recycled content/recyclable, or made from other materials is also good for the planet and that’s what the event is all about.  So, if you are unsure, we welcome you to ask us any questions. We will also be providing a suggestion of vendors you can use to supply you with any of your compostable needs.

So check back here soon, and look out for up-to-the-minute updates when we post our Facebook Event in the coming weeks.

Stay safe out there!

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*Should COVID derail our in-person plans for April, we will move the Festival to Saturday, June 4th.


Green Ossining’s 10th Annual Earth Day Festival will be a weeklong celebration of activities, partnerships and offers beginning on Saturday April 17 through Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Determined to not let another year escape, we have pivoted from our usual large scale in-person event format, and with more than 60 activities –including week-long offers, opportunities at a set date and time, small socially-distanced gatherings or special on-line entertainment and educational experiences — there will be something for everyone.

Engagements include opportunities to show-up for a community-wide clean-up, visit a petting zoo, participate in special events at local farms, learn how to cook and eat healthier, enjoy hands-on kid’s activities, purchase fair-trade and local artisan goods, participate in NY farm beer tastings, learn about composting, plant trees in our parks, and hear and participate in live music events. As well, many of our local brick-and-mortar businesses will have special offers because supporting a local economy is a facet of a sustainable future. And that is just a sample of what we have planned!

“While the pandemic has tested our resilience on so many levels, record numbers of people turned to the great outdoors and spent time taking in the gifts that only our natural world could offer. Parallel to continued interest in the outdoors, human-caused planetary warming continues to hasten the instability of the global and local climate. It is imperative communities also understand what is at stake, the urgency of action, and both the necessity and importance of individual participation. We have all spent the past year being incredibly creative, and we’re grateful for an opportunity to envision a meaningful and safe Earth week celebration with all of you in 2021.” said Suzie Ross, Chairperson and founding member, Green Ossining.

Town of Ossining Supervisor, Dana Levenberg, said “The Town of Ossining is happy to once again partner with Green Ossining to celebrate Earth Day, this year in a week-long socially distanced approach that considers the care for our public health as well. Of course, all the sustainability initiatives that will be highlighted throughout the week not only benefit the long-term health of our environment, but our bodies and minds as well. Big thanks to Green Ossining team for continuing to push us all to take personal responsibility for our Earth, during Earth Week and every week.”

“As we rush to plan for a post-pandemic recovery, I encourage all Ossining residents and businesses to “build back better.” The risks faced by ignoring the threats of environmental destruction must be understood and addressed with protections and policies. The weeklong Earth Day events will educate and entice us all to become citizen scientists and active green participants. Thank you to Green Ossining for creating these local windows of opportunities, “ said Village of Ossining Mayor, Rika Levin.

The Festival is hosted and organized by Green Ossining, with the assistance of the Town and Village of Ossining. Stay tuned for more updates and about other special events happening throughout the day! For the most up-to-date information, follow us on Instagram, on our Facebook event page at https://fb.me/e/1jskWUoj4

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